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Degree Options

You get to decide. The major in political science offers four options to tailor your degree to your future goals:


  • General
  • Legal Studies 
  • National Security
  • Political Theory

General Option

Our program offers courses in political theory, comparative politics and government, U.S. politics and government, international relations, and research methods. You will sharpen your analytical, communication, and evaluative skills. Our gradutes pursue careers in government, business, education, law, policy analysis, and electoral politics.

National Security Option

You will explore and analyze potential security threats in the United States and around the world in preparation for careers in the military, intelligence agencies, the diplomatic corps, law enforcement, and security analysis. We offer courses in counterterrorism, military strategy, international conflict management, and intelligence analysis. 

Political Theory Option

You will study the ideas of political thinkers while debating contemporary policy, justice, and law. Through reading, analysis, writing, and connection to current concerns, you will be prepared for careers in the public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.

Legal Studies Option

In the legal studies option, you will explore values, ideas, and reasoning linked to public law, its design, and its impact. Course work prepares our graduates for law school, graduate work in public policy, and careers in government, business, law, and public service.